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Homemade Musical Instruments

For Small Children

Little children can make these with a little adult supervision. Scissors needed for cutting. Some gluing. Tuning unnecessary or minimal. Recommended by your homeschool guide.

The Bullroarer

Children’s Music by Nancy Stewart – Homemade Instruments
Here are some musical instruments you can make with your child from everyday items: Plastic Egg Shakers, Paper Mache Fruit Shakers, Jingle Sticks, African Tambourine, Sand Blocks, Juice Can Shakers, Jingle Bracelets, and Quilting Hoop Drum.

9 Easy to Make Musical Instruments 
Children love music as much as they enjoy making things. Why not join these two creative forces and make one or all of these fun and easy musical instruments to encourage play and creativity.

Preschool Musical Instruments
Very simple musical instruments little children can make and play.

Beginners

Children 6-10 will find these easy to make. Scissors or box cutting knife or glue gun may be needed. Tuning not difficult.

Guitars As Sculpture
I’m not sure that these artistic electric guitars can really play music, but they are fun to look at.

Inventing Homemade Instruments with Math and Measurement
You will learn how musical instruments vibrate in a series of fractions called the harmonic series, and how to design your own musical instruments by measuring length, liquid volume and weight/mass.


Make Your Own Musical Instruments
The Atlanta Symphony gives you instructions on how to build your own orchestra at home. Needs adult supervision.

Panpipes by Phil Tulga
Building pan pipes is a fun way for students to apply their knowledge of measurement and length. As they will hear: longer tubes produce a lower pitch, and shorter tubes produce a higher pitch.

Satisfied Mind
Make a banjo, bass, a dancing lumberjack, dulcimer, drum, rainstick, or a thumb piano.

Singing Glasses
What dinner party is complete without a song from the Wine Glass Symphony? You’ll need a few wine glasses, some water, and a tune in mind to demonstrate the sounds of science. Amaze everyone and display incredibly bad manners all at once.


Tongue Depressor Harmonica
People of all ages love the razzy, jazzy Kazoo sounds that come from this fun-to-make and easy-to-play musical instrument. Vibration is the key to making sounds and this harmonica uses a rubber band trapped between tongue depressors (Jumbo craft sticks). If you don’t have the supplies, RAFT has the kit for a low price for 1 or 10 harmonicas.

Water Bottle Xylophone
Start by getting five 20-ounce Sobe juice bottles. Fill each bottle with the amounts of water shown above using U.S. fluid ounces or milliliters. Mark your bottles carefully at the water level with a permanent marker. Number your bottles 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6 and arrange them in the order above — 1 on your left and 6 on your right. Gently tap the middle of the bottle with a metal spoon. Tip: go to the grocery store with a metal spoon and test the small bottles you find there. Buy the ones that sound good, and are in a flavor you’ll enjoy drinking.


Books for Making and Learning to Play Homemade Instruments

Orff Adventures for Children

Orff Adventures for Children
Body Percussion, Folk and Original Orff Arrangements for Children
by Jerry Richard Bradley
This is a book of Orff Music Lessons, activities, body percussion and Orff Instrument arrangements. It’s a full six weeks or more of musical lessons as each lesson will take multiple days to teach effectively. These lessons have been kid tested and approved by an Orff Certified instructor, currently engaged in teaching elementary music students.
Kindle Edition
Canadian editions

Making Music

Making Music
From Tambourines to Rainsticks to Dandelion Trumpets, Walnut Castanets to Shepherd’s Pipes to an Abundance of Homemade Drums, Here Is a … Assortment of Good Sounds from Found Objects
by John Langstaff (Author), Ann Sayre Wiseman (Author)
Duet for Zipper and Velcro. Sonata for Milk Carton Guitar. Kitchen Concerto. Every home and classroom is crammed with objects kids can use to make music. This book teaches kids, parents, and teachers how to see musical possibilities in everything from a crumpled sheet of paper to thimbles glued to the fingertips of a glove.Two of the most respected names in arts education for children have teamed up to produce Making Music. With her imaginative projects and whimsical drawings, Ann Sayre Wiseman shows kids how to make rhythm, string, wind, and keyboard instruments from all kinds of household items and natural materials.
Canadian editions

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2 Responses to Homemade Musical Instruments

  1. […] Making Instruments with Children ~ Easy, and safe for small children with adults. […]

  2. Invented Instruments - Beth's Notes on March 4, 2015 at 7:14 pm

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    This unit is one of my all-time favorites. In fact, it’s the only unit I’ve taught all 19 years of my career. From Beth’s Notes.